During this unprecedented time of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us have been given the gift of time. I can't remember the last time I spent so much time at home. This has allowed me to slow down, take a break from my daily hair routine and focus on some much needed self care.
I've been doing daily scalp massages. You know, the kind that you wish someone else was doing for you, so you could just melt away into total relaxation. Massaging the scalp will help increase blood flow and increase circulation that promotes hair growth. It will also help with loosening any buildup you may have from overuse of products or lack of exfoliation. As curly girls we focus so much on the curl that we sometimes forget the importance of scalp health.
I've had the luxury of doing a deep conditioning treatment each week, focusing on hydration as my first priority. I live in Southern California, and although I'm close to the beach this area is still considered the desert. The climate can be quite dry, and drier air means drier hair. If you're doing treatments too, don't go overboard with deep conditioners heavy in protein. Too much protein will leave your hair feeling dry and brittle.
I've decided to give my hair a break from the diffuser by allowing my hair to air dry. The finished result means more of a wave for me, but I'm comfortable with it. I've been appreciating the simplicity of my routine during this time, but I know that I'll be back at it once the shelter in place order is lifted. For now, stay home if you can, and stay healthy!